Delaware Dining: A Review of Luigi Vitrone’s Pastabilities Italian Restaurant on Lincoln Street in Little Italy in Wilmington
Lots of Pastabilities: Luigi is back—as are his rave-iolis.
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Luigi Vitrone’s Pastabilities
415 N. Lincoln St., Wilmington
Prices Appetizers $6.95-$10-95, pasta $13.95-$23.95, entrées $20.95-$26.95
Recommended Dishes Veal scallopini saltimbocca, linguini with lobster sauce, red wine fettuccine, cheese ravioli
Last spring I joined with a few other local food nerds and community leaders at the West End Neighborhood House in Wilmington to judge the official Taste of Little Italy ravioli cook-off.
Under the watchful stare of the audience, and the slightly more menacing stares of the chefs, we chewed quizzically and drew in the aromas.
But awarding the best ravioli in Little Italy was not to be taken lightly. This task required a stringent blind taste-test policy. Though as we pored over the dozen or so contest entries from the neighborhood’s many fine restaurants, we judges couldn’t help ourselves. The guessing game began: Which restaurant brought which ravioli?
Some were obvious. The fried wonton ravioli with hot and sour dipping sauce? Nice, Bangkok House. And who else but the folks at Walter’s Steakhouse could’ve prepared the tasty braised beef ravioli with port demi-glace?
The next plate slid under our noses. The judges met eyes and gave knowing nods. Steaming on the plate were tender, perfectly al dente dumplings, smothered simply in crushed tomatoes and basil, just as light and fresh-tasting as sun-warmed backyard produce.
These ravioli were simpler than the rest—more traditional. But the simple ingredients and instinctive technique created the ideal picture: This ravioli tasted exactly how ravioli should taste.
These belonged to Luigi Vitrone’s Pastabilities. We all knew it. Luigi won.
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